I wasn't much of a dance person until a few years ago when I discovered the classical dances of India and fell in love with them. Not only are the dance forms my favorite world-wide in terms of aesthetics, they are also rich in complex meaning, musical accompaniment, and history. I really like classical dances as they appear in Indian films which is the subject of my blog these days (though it began with film reviews from my days at Bollywhat- thank god I've switched focus because review writing is not my forte!). When I first became interested in finding classical-based dances in Indian films, I had a hard time finding much information on the subject. It became even harder when I discovered the world of classic Indian film dances back to the 1930s! And so I created/fashioned this blog to share my passion for these dances and find other souls with similar interests. It's a labor of love and I love every bit of it! :)
My blog is really a video-focused blog that not only describes these film dances (and sometimes other dances/related topics) in detail but also offers the chance to view them! I got so tired of reading allusions to so many film dances but not being able to visualize what was being discussed. Many of the dances I post about are ones I personally tracked down and uploaded for the educational purpose of discussing the dance; I know the few dance nerds out there like me will totally dig this effort.
Why the title Cinema Nritya Gharana? Cinema = movies, Nritya = expressional aspect of Indian Classical Dance, Gharana = school/style of Indian dance/music. Thus, this blog is a place for me to share my "school of thought" regarding Indian films, Indian Classical Dance, and other related matters of importance!
I welcome any comments or dance nerd chatter at kasuvandi *a t* gmail *d o t* com!
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